SM Ceramics LLC
About The Artist
Stephanie McGeorge •
Ceramics • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Stephanie McGeorge is a ceramics artist whose work exhibits both the rigor of her classical artistic training and the unexpected delight of her artistic instincts. Her hand-drawn lines appear impossibly perfect, and her choices of colors and shapes bring joyful surprise. Her artistic journey began at the age of six, when she was given a film camera. Photography gave her the lens to see shapes and patterns. Photography is still core to her art, as she often stacks her ceramics and takes pictures finding new silhouettes, patterns and shapes for vessels. She also finds inspiration in the photos she takes of unexpected moments found in the nature around her. Her ceramics are a snapshot of fleeting inspiration, instinct, composition. Unlike the temporal nature of a photograph, her work is a tangible, long-lasting treasure. Stephanie lives in Montana working in her home studio, where the Yellowstone River and mountains are the backdrop to her art.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My work is handmade. Each piece is initially created on the potter’s wheel. Placing each piece upside down on the potter’s wheel, I then trim the bottom using hand held tools. Handles or other attachments are hand formed and attached, and lastly I fire my work in an electric kiln. I use black and white stoneware clay as well as porcelain. My surface designs are created by layering cut outs of newsprint paper with painted slip and/or underglaze over them. I peel away the paper to reveal a pattern, often repeating this two to three times adding different colors with each layer. I then hand draw carvings of stripes, circles or paisley inspired designs using a needle tool. I complete each piece with glaze making it functional and ready for use.